Mayor Jim Throgmorton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, as "Indigenous People's Day" in Iowa City.

In a proclamation signed at the Tuesday, Oct. 3, City Council meeting, Throgmorton recognized “the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas and acknowledged that the state of Iowa is built upon the homelands and villages of Indigenous Peoples.”

The idea for Indigenous People's Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas. Since then, a number of cities and towns have begun to proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day to celebrate indigenous heritage and resiliency

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017